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Rep. Wright reveals personal rape experience during SB206 debate Thursday


MADISON, WI (WSAU-WRN) -  The Assembly passed Senate Bill 206 Thursday evening.  That's the bill requiring women seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound first.  

Democrats argued against the bill.  One of the opponents speaking passionately against SB206 was State Representative Mandy Wright of Wausau.   Wright revealed her personal story about being a victim of rape when she was eight years old.  Her case was never reported to authorities, and Wright believes the proposal only causes further trauma to the victim...

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Part of the bill includes a provision allowing an exemption from the ultrasound requirement for victims of rape and incest.  Democrats including Wright argue only 19-percent of rapes are reported to police... and most, like hers, were handled by her family and faith community.

Wright said she was compelled to share her experience because she doesn’t want other women to be faced with that decision or be forced to publicly discuss their trauma to get adequate health care...

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Wright referred to the ultrasound requirement as an “invasive procedure” that girls and women should not have to go through.

Senate Bill 206 passed the Assembly with a party line vote.

(Mandy Wright’s speech on the Assembly floor is attached above.)